Freedom of Memory Today

Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010

4 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2009


Emerging technologies raise the possibility that we may be able to treat trauma victims by pharmaceutically dampening factual or emotional aspects of their memories. Such technologies raise a panoply of legal and ethical issues. While many of these issues remain off in the distance, some have already arisen.

In this brief commentary for the journal Neuroethics, I discuss a real-life case of memory erasure. The case reveals why the contours of our freedom of memory -- our limited bundle of rights to control our memories and be free of outside control -- already merit some attention.

Keywords: Memory, Neuroethics, Neurolaw, Memory Dampening, Freedom of Memory, Therapeutic Forgetting

Suggested Citation

Kolber, Adam Jason, Freedom of Memory Today. Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010, Available at SSRN:

Adam Jason Kolber (Contact Author)

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

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